The Florida Gators wasted no time proving that Monday's game against the Hoos may have been a fluke as they erupted for 3 runs in the first inning on their way to a 10-2 victory over the Miami Hurricanes. Either that or they just like feasting on Miami pitching. In two games against the Canes in this year's College World Series, Florida has scored 25 runs pounding 28 hits. Tonight, they slugged four home runs, more than were hit in either the 2013 or 2014 College World Series.
Harrison Bader got things started leading off the game with a home run to center and four batters later Buddy Reed added a two run homer to right and the Gators were rolling. Richie Martin led the Gators at the plate with a home run in the sixth to go with three hits, two runs scored, and an RBI. Finally Pete Alonso got in on the act when he smacked a two run home run to center that traveled a whopping 421 feet.
The Gator's pitching depth was on full display as well with Alex Faedo picking up the win going five innings and only giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits, four walks, while striking out seven. Kirby Snead tacked on a perfect three innings, and Shaun Anderson closed the door on the Hurricanes season pitching a one hit ninth.
Miami sees their season come to an end with a record of 49-17.
Florida advances to the bracket final where they will meet Virginia at 3 P.M. on Friday. Nothing has been announced regarding who will get the start for the Hoos, however Nathan Kirby has not been ruled out. Connor Jones could also feasibly get the nod as it will have been six days since he last pitched.